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A Tour Of The NHRA Paddock
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A Tour Of The NHRA Paddock

A Tour Of The NHRA Paddock

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Reigning NHRA Funny Car champion Ron Capps couldn’t wait to strap into his new Toyota Supra-bodied, NAPA-backed machine during the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.Capps had been working on the deal since the end of last season. Even though…
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Television Ratings Are On The Rise
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Television Ratings Are On The Rise

Television Ratings Are On The Rise

WILMETTE, Ill. — As the motorsports industry begins to settle in for a full season of normalized racing, the focus is turning toward off-track business matters.This month, the business of speed will take another look at the financial aspects of entertainment on racing…
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Nearly 40 Years Of Formula 1 Races
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Nearly 40 Years Of Formula 1 Races

Nearly 40 Years Of Formula 1 Races

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Forty years ago, I air mailed in my first race report, unsolicited, to SPEED SPORT.It was two typed pages — no email in those days — about a night of racing at a local speedway south of Minneapolis. When the story appeared in the newspaper it was…
BYRD: Connections Along The Way
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BYRD: Connections Along The Way

BYRD: Connections Along The Way

INDIANAPOLIS — One of the great things about racing are the connections that you make along the way.Flinn Lazier, my driver coach at Arrive Drive Motorsports and the son of 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier, is among those relationships.Lazier was instrumental…
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Coke 600 Produces First-Time Winners
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Coke 600 Produces First-Time Winners

Coke 600 Produces First-Time Winners

HARRISBURG, N.C. — Despite being the longest and most grueling event on the NASCAR schedule, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway has a history of producing first-time Cup Series winners.Seven drivers, three of whom have been inducted into the NASCAR Hall …
BYRD: Playing In The Dirt
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BYRD: Playing In The Dirt

BYRD: Playing In The Dirt

INDIANAPOLIS — After racing on pavement since the beginning of the season, I finally had a chance to get down and dirty in a 360 sprint car at California’s Ventura Raceway.I had to wait a few months to finally get a chance to run on dirt after my first dirt feature…
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Remembering Indy’s Closest Finish
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Remembering Indy’s Closest Finish

Remembering Indy’s Closest Finish

CONCORD, N.C. — Thirty years ago this month, the average national price for a gallon of gas was $1.13, George H.W. Bush was in the White House and Duke had just won the men’s NCAA basketball championship for the second time in as many years.It was also the year in …
BYRD: A Great Time To Be A Race Car Driver
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BYRD: A Great Time To Be A Race Car Driver

BYRD: A Great Time To Be A Race Car Driver

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — The month of May is here and it’s a great time to be a race car driver, no matter what form of racing I’m competing in.May is when the weather heats up and so does the racing schedule. It’s when fans get out and travel and there is no better destination…
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Public Forum & The ‘Send’ Button
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Public Forum & The ‘Send’ Button

Public Forum & The ‘Send’ Button

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Public Forum. For decades it was the letter-to-the-editor section in the weekly National Speed Sport News.And that’s exactly what it was, a place where passionate race fans could share their opinions — good, bad, unique and sometimes preposterous…
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It’s The Most Wonderful Race
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It’s The Most Wonderful Race

It’s The Most Wonderful Race

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s difficult to believe it has been 10 years since Dario Franchitti won his third Indianapolis 500.With three victories between 2007 and ’12, it appeared Franchitti would become a four-time winner of the Indy 500 before Helio Castroneves.He never had…
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